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Father and Son Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
July 13, 2004
It's hard to imagine a more jointly artful and mind-numbingly off-putting cinematic experience... Father and Son is the virtual definition of tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Kent Turner
June 18, 2004
For those not familiar with Sokurov's work, the opaque, exclusive dialogue, surreal reality and the cryptic relationships may come across as ponderous and pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 5, 2004
Tediously mannered look at the obsessive intimate bonds between a father and his teen-aged military son.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 13, 2004
Here was my question for most of this movie: Wha-? I was clueless. Did not understand.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 15, 2004
Numbness instead of joy is what permeates the masculine, military-ish world of 'Father and Son.'
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 2, 2004
A beautiful but static viewing experience that utterly fails to touch the viewer.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2004
Has the tedium without the trance.
| Original Score: C-
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
June 25, 2004
A magnificently shot exercise in tedium.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Deborah Young
June 29, 2004
One has the feeling the director has let himself go off the deep end regarding the romantic and idealizing tendencies that, for better or worse, characterize much of his work.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 7, 2004
The opacity of the characters and situations prevents the film from having any true emotional impact.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 20, 2004
The film seems to have internalized Sokurov's inspiration so far that it becomes a blur of hints and vapors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
February 17, 2007
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
June 17, 2004
a unique, striking, poetic expression of the tumultuous emotions shared by a man and his boy at the crossroads of their lives.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Callahan
January 31, 2005
Alexander Sokurov's obscure new film Father and Son doesn't quite come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 30, 2004
Father and Son is definitely a puzzle, and frankly I was about to walk out on it before it drastically improved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
This strikingly beautiful film from Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) captures relationships in an ethereal way that gets way under the skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 5, 2004
At once challenging and ravishing.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 15, 2004
Borders on the risible but, because Sokurov is Sokurov, this exalted, wacky scenario ... is amazingly staged, inventively edited, and rich in audio layering, with camera placements that sometimes verge on the Brakhagian.
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John Anderson
June 17, 2004
A more naked movie than Father and Son is hard to imagine and would be impossible to watch.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 17, 2004
Alexander Sokurov's new film is like a dream, or a half-translated poem. Its images and emotions are memorable and vivid, but its intentions often feel stubbornly hermetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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